Thursday, February 20, 2014

BELGIUM ~High Fens – Eifel Nature Park ~

A nice nature view showing "The Rurbusch beechwood"...with fantastic stamp and first day cancellation from Andre Buzin a Belgian artist famous in the philatelic world specialized in paintings of  animals and flora...his stamps are always very impressive by the quality and precision of their design... Thanks a lot Johan for another unique Andre Buzin item!!

Lovely and cute first day cancellation  (15-02-2014)
from the serie:
Buzin otherwise - Intimate animal portraits stamps ( Lynx)

The High Fens, which were declared a nature reserve in 1957, are an upland area, a plateau region in the province of Liège, in the east of Belgium and adjoining parts of Germany, between the Ardennes and the Eifel highlands.

The High Fens are the largest nature reserve or park in Belgium. Its highest point, at 694 metres (2,277 ft) above sea level, is the Signal de Botrange near Eupen, and also the highest point in Belgium. A tower 6 metres (20 ft) high was built here that reaches 700 metres (2,297 ft) above sea level. The reserve is a rich ecological endowment of Belgium covered with alpine sphagnum bogs both on the plateau and in the valley basin; the bogs, which are over 10,000 years old, with their unique subalpine flora, fauna and microclimate, are key to the conservation work of the park.

 In 1966, the European Council awarded the "Diploma of Conservation" to the High Fens, for their ecological value.

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